DIYP #13-Easy, Mess-Free Tie-Dying

Welcome to this weekend’s project!  I had several people ask me if we made our Family Camp tie-dye shirts and I’m hoping they asked because they liked them.
You know I just had the thought maybe they were asking because it’s not easy finding such hideous clothing at actual stores. 
If it’s the second one, don’t tell me, m’kay?
I’ll just proceed now.
Tie-dying at home has always invoked horrible visions, until my daughter brought home this idea from Science Camp. It’s super easy and basically mess-free!
Take a white t-shirt, rubber band and small cup. Place cup inside shirt and put the rubber band over the cloth.  Like so:

Grab some colorful permanent markers-I used Sharpies and draw about a quarter-size design.  You can get creative here.  My daughter did a lot of circles in different colors and my son did some unique shapes (I’m still not sure what to call them!)
Drop about 20 drops of Rubbing Alcohol onto the Sharpie drawings. (If you add too much, it will bleed thru to the back of the shirt-See hubby’s shirt).

Remove the rubber band and pick another spot on the shirt.

Try it.  It’s really fun and it took my kids several hours over a couple of days to make theirs.  A perfect indoor activity!


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    You amaze me! This is too cute. And I did like the family camp shirts and I think I was busy commenting something else to ask.

    So thanks for the idea. We’ve got to do this! :)

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    Cute! We used this same technique at VBS with hats. The kids drew designs and pictures all over white ballcaps. Then we used spray bottles filled with alcohol to spray them. This made the colors run a little. (The spraying was done outside!) They looked really cute. Maybe now you could make hats to go with your shirts!

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